The Shack

Title: The Shack

Author: William Paul Young

Published: July 1, 2007

Pages: 252

Genre: Christian Fiction, Spirituality, Religion

Publisher: Windblown Media

Read half of it from the library and listened to the rest on Overdrive


Wreath(13)-BlackGoodreads Description: 

Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his “Great Sadness,” Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!


Things I enjoyed about this book: 

The only thing I enjoyed about this book was when the discussed the kidnapping and murder of Mack’s child. Does that make me a horrible person? Maybe.

The Things I Didn’t Enjoy: 

I am a Christian and I felt like this went against a lot of Christian views. I think it was a positive story about a man overcoming grief, but it was too weird for me. I felt like it was overly cheesy and was trying too hard



William Paul Young deserves 2 bird feathers out of five for his novel The Shack. Back Story: When I sat down to see Les Miserable in the theater I had no idea that it was a musical and yet I enjoyed it immensely. When I picked up The Shack I had no idea what I was getting into. All I knew was it was about a kid who got kidnapped and his father is learning to cope. Everyone knows I love a good murder and I truly enjoyed this book until page 70 and then the last 10 pages. Most of the time I felt like it was blah blah blah, which I feel horrible for saying because it is a religious book. The Shack felt so forced. I think even if I had known what I was getting into, I would have felt the same way. It was not the book for me.

Parent’s Guide:

It’s religious and includes murder…. totally fine for a teenager.


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